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a beautiful pearce of art…

From now through April 30th, this beautiful Simon Pearce Champlain Bowl (valued at $60) will be free with any $150 or more purchase of Simon Pearce at Manor Home and Gifts. Limited to one per customer. (And perfect for MOTHER’S DAY, hint, hint…)


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california state of wine


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daylight savings

We hope you turned back your clocks because you don’t want to miss Aoki Boutique’s Daylight Savings Sale. From now until March 20th  take an additional 20% off all sale clothing.

Aoki Daylight Savings Sale
Celebrate the longer days with a little retail therapy and unbeatable prices on great labels like Yumi Kim, Dress the Population, Line & Dot, Lovers & Friends, and more.

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to philly with LOVE

The beautiful Roma Downey recently attended a screening of her new film, Son of God, in Philadelphia wearing her LAGOS Heart of Philadelphia to commemorate the city.

Pick up your very own Heart of Philadelphia at the LAGOS Walnut Street Boutique.

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spring forward

Jacques Ferber Logo


Jacques Ferber Furs on Walnut Street is in the midst of renovation and excited for a re-opening in the spring. To handle repairs, questions and storage, they have set up a temporary office at 1845 Walnut Street on the 8th Floor. The phone number remains 215-735-4173. Can’t wait till spring to pick up something warm and fuzzy? Visit the Wayne or
Greenville DE locations. Jacques Ferber is looking forward to continuing as your Center City destination for luxury outerwear and accessories.

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casual elegance

 Mettlers American Mercantile, Artisan Jewelry Trunk Show

Saturday February 8th 2:00 – 5:00 pm: Meet jewelry artist Missy Brewster and indulge yourself in the casual elegance of original design pearl and leather jewelry. Assorted size and color pearls strung on leather with sterling accents create simple, chic accessories for everyday or special occasion.

Follow Mettlers American Mercantile on Twitter: Missy Brewster_Pearls@mettlersphilly


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baby it’s cold outside

Liberty Travel Atlantis and Mexico PackageIt’s even easier to make your vacation dreams a reality…..
Liberty Travel at 1606 Chestnut Street is now open on Sundays! With extended hours
on the weekends, they are here for you even more than before. Give them a call, or stop
by any time from 10:00am -6:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and from
8:30am – 7:00pm Monday through Friday.

Have more fun at the Atlantis.
Atlantis, Bahamas is offering resort credits as part of their Winter Resort Credit Promotion. Book any package including airfare, and a minimum three night stay in the
Coral Towers, Royal Towers or the Cove Atlantis and receive a $100, $200, or $300
resort credit! Book before February 17th. Must travel between January 30 – March 5,
2014. Conditions Apply.

Have a Mexican Fiesta
Paradisus La Perla is an amazing adults only all inclusive resort located in
beautiful Riviera Maya. Save up to 44% on reduced room rates, and enjoy 11
restaurants, butler service, private pools with Bali Beds, PLUS $50 spa credit for
stays of 5 nights or more, plus $100 resort credit for stays of 6 nights or more.

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basement bonus

Joan Shepp Basement Sale
Pay attention fashionistas, it’s that time of year again! Wednesday, January 15th marks the start of our highly anticipated annual “Basement Sale” at Joan Shepp.

 This year our the sale will explode out into The Rotunda of the Shops at Liberty Place., giving you the opportunity to snag designer merchandise by international designers such as Ann Demeulemeester, Balenciaga, Dries van Noten, Junya Watanabe, and Rick Owens at reduced prices. All Fall merchandise will be marked 60% to 70% off. 

The store will be open 9:30am-7pm on Wednesday through Saturday and the sale runs through Saturday, January 18th.

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the night kitchen

Let Rouge keep your hunger satisfied all winter long with their Late Night Menu, available now, Sunday through Monday from 10PM to 1AM and Tuesday through Saturday from 11PM to 1AM.

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Rouge Late Night Menu Drinks Final



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winter wonderland


The Rittenhouse continues to delights guests with a selection of culinary indulgences and experiences designed to entice merrymakers of all ages this holiday season. The iconic hotel has been transformed into a modern-day winter wonderland, complete with festive décor and tree trimmings, warm winter treats like hot cocoa, apple cider and roasted chestnuts, Teddy Bear Tea service for younger guests, and Grace Kelly-inspired holiday cocktails in honor of the legendary actress’ rich Philadelphia heritage.


Teddy Bear Tea at Mary Cassatt Tea Room

This December, The Rittenhouse will introduce a new experience for its younger guests, Teddy Bear Tea. Soon to become an annual tradition for Philadelphia families, The Rittenhouse invites its youngest patrons and their treasured teddies for a leisurely afternoon tea service featuring sweet and savory petit fours and delicious teddy bear cookies in the recently renovated Mary Cassatt Tea Room.  Each child will also receive a complimentary teddy bear to take home. Teddy Bear Tea will be offered every day from Friday, November 29 through Thursday, December 31, and costs $60 for adults and $30 per child.  Reservations are required.


A Tribute to Grace Kelly

With the highly-anticipated biopic, Grace of Monaco, in theaters this spring, Master Mixologist Pablo “Papi” Hurtado created a bubbly cocktail to honor the legendary actress—and Philadelphia native—Grace Kelly. The libation, aptly named “Elegance and Grace,” combines rose water-infused vodka, rose petal nectar, Demi Sec champagne and candied rose petals. Priced at $16, the cocktail can be enjoyed through the end of December at the Library Bar, the hotel’s swanky new lounge concept located just off the lobby.


All-Day Christmas Brunch at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse

Perfectly located in the soul of America’s birthplace, The Rittenhouse invites guests to enjoy the Christmas holiday with a lavish all-day brunch at Lacroix, the hotel’s award-winning fine-dining restaurant. The restaurant, which has truly become a landmark in its own right, is famed for its Sunday brunch, which Executive Chef has expanded to include gourmet renditions of classic Christmas favorites. Highlights will include a raw bar featuring east and west coast oysters, caviar and sushi and three carving stations. Also on the menu will be milk and dark chocolate fountains.  This special brunch menu will be available from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, and costs $95 per person.


Winter Warming Treats

Like Santa’s workshop, The Rittenhouse kitchens are bustling with the hotel’s award-winning culinary team hard at work to prepare this season’s specially-crafted, gourmet nibbles for both guests of the hotel and local passersby to enjoy all season long. Treats include sweet roasted chestnuts that will be handed out by the doorman, and homemade hot chocolate, which will be set-up in the lobby for guests to top off with all of their desired fixings, from peppermint to marshmallows and more


Décor by Evantine

The Rittenhouse tapped Philadelphia’s award-winning design firm Evantine Design to create a sophisticated winter landscape inspired by the 25 year history of Philadelphia’s beloved hotel. Blending holiday tradition with a touch of whimsy, Evantine’s brilliant design celebrates the hotel’s recent revitalization while staying true to the classic spirit of years past.  Set in the center of the hotel lobby, a 9-foot tall tree sets the stage for a dramatic arrival with dozens of hand-blown glass ornaments shimmering in deep shades of green, blue, gold and touches of burgundy, and two elaborate gingerbread houses adorn the reception area and public spaces. Fashioned as miniature replicas of Philadelphia’s most cherished winter landmarks, such as the illuminated Boathouse Row and famed Cassatt House on Rittenhouse Square, the gingerbread creations offer guests a playful view of the city’s venerable architecture and rich history.


Evantine took a more organic approach in conceptualizing the holiday décor at Lacroix, the hotel’s award-winning fine dining restaurant. Styled with real pine cones, grapevine, holly berries, seed pods and evergreens, as well as live Amaryllis plants and white birch tree branches, the natural design scheme pays tribute to both the bare winter tree branches in Rittenhouse Square, and Executive Chef Jon Cichon’s unwavering commitment to using only the finest, locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.


For those seeking merriment beyond the hotel doors, guests are fortunate to find an endless supply of joyful happenings throughout the city, from the light spectacles at Boathouse Row and Macy’s Center City, to classic performances of holiday favorites like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol at Philadelphia’s world-renown performing arts centers and monumental New Year’s Eve fireworks shows. For those seeking solace from the cold, hotel guests delight in the perfect views of snowcapped Rittenhouse Square.  Strategically built on an angle to maximize park view, The Rittenhouse offers a tranquil winter escape unlike any other. The holiday spirit in Philadelphia is unparalleled, and The Rittenhouse places guests in the ideal spot to experience all the city has to offer.


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good cheer

This Thanksgiving MANNA will prepare and deliver complete dinners to 3,000 people in the Greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey area, who are critically ill and unable to shop, cook and host their own holiday dinner.   

 manna thanksgiving meals

A staff of 30 along with 400 volunteers will prep, cook, package and deliver the meals on Thanksgiving Day, reaching most MANNA clients prior to 2:00pm.  Meals will consist of roasted turkey, candied yams, green beans almandine, cornbread stuffing and apple pie.


Mayor Michael Nutter and his wife, along with Philadelphia District Attorney, Seth Williams, and his daughters will join the Staff and volunteers from MANNA package meals in the morning.


MANNA clients are suffering from debilitating illnesses and receive daily MANNA meals of medically appropriate nutrition. On Thanksgiving, MANNA extends this nourishment to MANNA clients and their families.  MANNA will use 5,400 lbs of turkey, 564 lbs of cranberry sauce, 1,140 lbs of yams, 845 lbs of cornbread stuffing, 140 lbs of diced onions and 740 lbs green beans to make each family size Thanksgiving meal for four people. Making this event possible is a generous donation from presenting sponsor PECO.


Especially for people at acute nutritional risk due to life-threatening illnesses, MANNA prepares and delivers delicious nourishing meals and counsel, empowering individuals to battle illness and improve their quality of life. A small professional staff and 1,500 dedicated volunteers bring more than 70,000 nutritious, home-delivered meals each month to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. MANNA dietitians promote wellness through nutrition education and counseling. Through these services, MANNA provides opportunities for caring people to extend loving support to families, friends, and neighbors.


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boozy brunch

Alma de Cuba brunchAlma de Cuba will launch a new Boozy Brunch Party, this Saturday, November 30th.

Reserve a table starting at 11am for a relaxing meal,  or book later in the day for an all-out party with DJ and dancing.

Prepare for Saturdays to never be the same. Drink. Dance. Feast.
Featuring Music by DJ Deejay, spinning 1pm-5pm.

Reservations strongly recommended. Call Now: (215) 988-1799


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it’s the most wonderful time of the year…

The annual Rittenhouse Square Tree Lighting Ceremony is Tuesday, December 3rd at 5PM.

Join us on Saturdays through December 21st for our Rittenhouse Row Holiday Celebration.

CLICK HERE for the full map of Saturday deals and events.




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can do

In the spirit of the season, Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia is holding a food drive this month to benefit Philabundance.  Guests and city dwellers are encouraged to drop off non-perishables and canned goods in the hotel lobby from now through Thanksgiving.  Philabundance has identified a handful of food items that are in high demand, and also help meet the growing need in our region: canned tuna, canned pasta, canned stew/chili, canned green beans and canned corn, canned fruit, creamy peanut butter, jelly (plastic only please!), macaroni and cheese, breakfast cereal and hot cereal.

Sonesta Food Drive

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have your pie and eat it too.

Keihl's Wellness Event




Kiehl’s is proud to present Wellness through the Holiday Season: How to Have Your Pie and Eat it Too! on Thursday, November 21st from 5PM to 7PM. The wellness event is designed to keep you relaxed throughout the holiday season. Treat yourself to aromatherapy, as well as nutrition advice from local nutritionist: Beryl Krinsky.

Keihl’s will be serving select wine and cheese for your enjoyment and offering $20 off any purchase of $65. Please RSVP to 215.636.9936.


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sparkle and shine

It’s a big weekend for jewerly in Rittenhouse….with three fabulous trunk shows at TownHome, Knit Wit, Boyds and COOK right in time for the holidays!

Join TownHome on November 22nd and 23rd for an exclusive Heather B. Moore trunk show featuring designer Heather Moore herself, who will personally assist you in telling “your story” and creating your very own collection.






Knit Wit will welcome Vanessa Lee, President and Co-Founder of Lionette for a special jewerly trunk show on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd.









Luxury e-commerce jewelry site, Stone & Strand will debut in Philadelphia with a series of pop up boutiques this weekend. Stone & Strand will set up a salon in Boyds on the third floor women’s contemporary department on Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22 from 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. each day. Then the merchandise will be moved to COOK for a public open house from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m on Saturday, November 23rd. 

Petite sweets from Pastry Chef Jessica Mogardo of Garces Catering, will be served for all events, as will champagne. Proceeds from sales from the Philadelphia events will benefit The Friends of Rittenhouse Square and FEASTIVAL for FringeArts.


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brew and chew

Cavs Sixpoint Brewery Brew and ChewCavanaugh’s Rittenhouse will host their next Brew and Chew event this Wednesday, November 13th from 7-9pm. For $25 enjoy the following food and beer pairings from Sixpoint Brew: Thai Shrimp Spring Rolls with Chilli Dipping Sauce Paired with Sixpoint Bengali Tiger, Marinated London Broil Slider Topped with Huntsman Cheese Paired with Sixpoint Global Warmer, Chicken and Pepper Jack Cheese Pinwheels on top of Lemon Dressed Arugula Paired with Sixpoint The Crisp, Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding Paired with Sixpoint Autumnation.


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pie in the sky

On Thursday, November 7th, from 11AM until 1PM the Philly Phanatic will join Philadelphia Eagles Player Jamaal Jackson and MANNA’s “Pie Man” at The Shops at Liberty Place in Center City for “PIE DAY,” to signal the sale of MANNA pies for the upcoming holidays. The mayor’s office will issue a “Pie Day” proclamation and samplings of five different pies will be offered. The pie tasting is free and open to the public.


MANNA PieMANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) began its annual Pie in the Sky campaign presented by US Airways, aiming to sell 8,000 thousand pies for holiday tables in the Greater Philadelphia area. Flavors include: pumpkin, apple, pecan, sweet potato and the famous US Airways “Sky Pie” created by executive Chef Keith Lucas, a former contestant on the Food Network’s “Chopped” television show. This year two of the pies – apple and pumpkin – will be kosher.


Pie sales fund MANNA’s free programs to provide nutritionally based meals for critically ill individuals in the Delaware Valley. Eleven different diet modifications provide food for struggling with diseases such as diabetes, cancer, renal and heart disease and HIV/AIDS. Each month over 65,000 people receive free MANNA meals, which include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nutritional counseling and education are also offered. By the end of their time with MANNA, most clients report not just improved health outcomes, but they are also better educated about how nutrition can positively affect the course and treatment for their disease.


MANNA’s annual Pie in the Sky event will run through November 22nd.  Pies are sold both in bulk and individually. Pie orders may be taken online at In addition, there will be six established sites through the Philadelphia and South Jersey area, as well as 37 pick-up sites – all conveniently located to make it easy for consumers to buy and enjoy MANNA pies.


US Airways continues to be the presenting sponsor of the event, giving their name to MANNA’s popular “Sky Pie.” Bob Ciminelli, US Airways Vice President, Philadelphia said, “US Airways is proud to again partner with MANNA for Pie in the Sky 2013, their deliciously popular annual fundraiser that helps further their important mission of providing nutritious meals to those facing life-threatening illness.  Of course we’d like to encourage everyone to purchase the decadent US Airways Sky Pie, a tasty cheesecake style pie topped with caramel, walnuts and chocolate.” Other sponsors include Aberdeen Asset Management Company as the event’s premier sponsor and CBS3/The CW Philly as the media sponsor.

“We make it as easy as possible for people to find a delicious way to sweeten up their holiday tables,” explains Daugherty. “The pies make great gifts for friends and for co-workers.” To make Pie in the Sky possible, more than 500 volunteers will spend countless hours putting together pie boxes and helping with baking, delivery and distribution of pies. Each pie box will contain a message from a MANNA client.


“It’s a measure of this event’s success that MANNA serves over 2,000 sick people a year” says Daugherty, “but we’re most often known as the ‘pie people.’”


Pie Site distribution:



Topper’s Spa, Rittenhouse

Marathon Grill

MAC Cosmetics

12th Street Gym

Optimal Sports Club, The Curtis Center

Society Hill Towers, Community Room (Tuesday only)

CBS 3 & The CW Philly, Spring Garden

IKEA, South Philadelphia

Lower Mayfair Recreation Center

Saxby’s Coffee, University City

Central City Toyota

Manayunk Development Corporation, Manayunk

Weavers Way, Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy

 Arden Theater, Old City


Suburban Philadelphia

Ardmore Toyota, Ardmore

Saxby’s Coffee, Haverford

Saxby’s Coffee, Lansdale

Bryn Mawr Running Company, Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr Running Company, Media

Landis Restaurant, Wayne

Toppers Spa, Devon

Toppers Spa, Newtown

The Great American Pub, Paoli

Paoli Design Center, Paoli

The Running Place, Newtown Square

Salon Xquisite, West Chester

Angelo’s Pizza, King of Prussia

IKEA, Conshohocken

Primex Garden Center, Glenside

Flo Smerconish Realtor, Doylestown


South Jersey

Tortilla Press Cantina, Merchantville

Toppers Spa, Marlton

Collingswood Community Center, Collingswood

Passariello’s Pizzeria & Italian Eatery, Moorestown

Haddonfield Running Company, Haddonfield


Cash and Carry sites (11/26, 11/27)


30th Street Station

Bellevue Hotel

Philadelphia Airport

Collingswood Community Center

Liberty Place

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brotherly love and baking

LPQ Pretzel ClassIntroducing Baking Classes in the City of Brotherly Love.

Le Pain Quotidien’s Walnut Street Bakery bakes fresh pastries and hand-knead our organic breads daily, and are now also offering specialty artisanal breads, such as their Olive Fougasse and Cinnamon Bread, as well as hands-on baking classes.

The first class, “Pretzels and Beer,” will take place on Thursday, November 14th from 6:30-8:00PM. Join the LPQ team in bakery to learn how to create and bake those wonderfully chewy and twisty treats – pretzels.  One of their master bakers will teach you a variety of pretzel shapes and techniques and the secret behind that thin amber crust.

Students will spend the first portion of class with their hands in the dough, mixing their own pretzel dough to bring home and crafting artisan pretzels.

Once the pretzels have gone into the ovens, students will sit down together to enjoy their handiwork with Le Pain Quotidien spreads and a glass of Foret Organic, a delightful Belgian Beer, at our communal table. 

The cost per student is $50. Click here for more information or to register.

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arts alive

The Philadelphia Film Society and PNC Arts Alive present the inaugural Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival. Held from Nov. 15-17 at the PFS Theater at the Roxy (2023Sansom St.), the Children’s Film Festival features an international selection of funny, poignant and captivating films for families and kids of all ages. Tickets are ON SALE NOW. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these award-winning films that may not be screened in Philadelphia again. Click here to view the complete schedule and purchase your ticket.


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